As announced on March 20 2020, all U.S. O.T.O. physical gatherings are on hold until further notice from the Grand Master. Until such notice is issued, in-person O.T.O. events remain prohibited, regardless of any relaxations of quarantine restrictions by civil authorities.
Permanent link to this article: https://oto-usa.org/2020/05/u-s-o-t-o-gatherings-are-still-on-hold/
The Spring 2020 EV issue of Agapé, the official newsletter of U.S. Grand Lodge O.T.O., is now available online (PDF document). This is a double issue, combining volume 19 numbers 3 and 4. All issues of Agapé are available here, including several published over the past two years which have only recently been made available online.
Permanent link to this article: https://oto-usa.org/2020/05/new-issue-of-agape-available-online/
The Convocation of Lovers scheduled for August 2020 in Cleveland has been indefinitely postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Those with hotel reservations for this event should cancel them. There should be no cancellation fee charged if you made a reservation at the Courtyard Cleveland Westlake using the conference reservation link.
Permanent link to this article: https://oto-usa.org/2020/04/convocation-of-lovers-postponed/
The in-person annual U.S. Grand Lodge Joint Meeting scheduled for July 2020 in Oakland CA has been canceled. Individual governing bodies will meet online; members of those bodies will receive further information.
A decision on whether the Convocation of Lovers scheduled for August 2020 in Cleveland OH will be canceled will be announced by April 30 2020.
Permanent link to this article: https://oto-usa.org/2020/04/usgl-summer-2020-events-update/
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Greetings on the First Day of the Writing of the Book of the Law!
Due to the ongoing economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, the International Supreme Council of Ordo Templi Orientis, in consultation with the Grand Lodges, is implementing the following measures to provide dues relief to the membership, effective immediately:
- The membership term of all currently active members of O.T.O. worldwide is hereby extended by six months, with no additional dues required to be paid for this period.
- Active members who are currently in arrears on their dues payments will have an additional six months to become dues-current, during which time their membership will not become inactive.
We wish to assure our members that their membership status will not suffer if they are unable to make their regular dues payments during this crisis.
Members of U.S. Grand Lodge who wish to verify their current membership term and dues status may do so by contacting the Grand Treasurer General.
Love is the law, love under will.
Permanent link to this article: https://oto-usa.org/2020/04/dues-relief-for-o-t-o-members/
Permanent link to this article: https://oto-usa.org/2020/03/hold-on-all-u-s-o-t-o-gatherings/
The Grand Master Sabazius has provided some useful information and advice to O.T.O. members about how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Permanent link to this article: https://oto-usa.org/2020/03/a-message-from-the-grand-master-on-pandemic-response/
Event cancellations at local bodies due to COVID-19 will reduce revenue, but not rent and other fixed expenses. Many local bodies already operate on extremely tight margins and struggle to pay their bills even during normal times. All members are encouraged to continue to financially support their local bodies, even if there are no events to attend for a while. Please help keep your local body open!
Permanent link to this article: https://oto-usa.org/2020/03/support-your-local-body-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/
To all local bodies within U.S. Grand Lodge: For all official gatherings, please observe all guidance issued by the CDC, and by state or local health authorities, pertaining to sanitation, hygiene, and event attendance related to the new Coronavirus.
Permanent link to this article: https://oto-usa.org/2020/03/coronavirus-policy/
Out of an abundance of caution regarding the developing COVID-19 situation, U.S. Grand Lodge has decided to cancel its scheduled national gatherings this spring, specifically Advanced Initiator Training, Kaaba Colloquium, and the Electoral College meeting. The Electoral College meeting will be held online according to standard Electoral College procedures.
For more information regarding COVID-19, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (cdc.gov/nCoV).
U.S. Grand Lodge also recommends that local bodies monitor their local situations, and cancel local gatherings if appropriate, e.g., if schools close in their area or official advisories are issued.
U.S. Grand Lodge will continue to monitor the national situation, and will reschedule the canceled events when it is prudent to do so.
Permanent link to this article: https://oto-usa.org/2020/03/spring-2020-gatherings-cancelled/